Coming Attractions: Marvel Announces Graphic Novels for Early 2016!

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Civil War Box Set! (Shipping three months after Christmas. Yeah, it ties in with the movie, but why not offer it for Christmas? Has Marvel solved their movie backlist problem? Do the reprints/tie-ins sell? Is there a Batman Effect for Marvel’s MCU?) Color Deadpool! Color Civil War! Deadpool Omnibus! (which starts in the middle?) Marvel […]

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First Second announces Science Comics line

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“Applied comics” — using the words and pictures combination for education and non fiction — is a growing field, especially as comics become more accepted in educational uses. And First Sceond is going all in with a new line of Science Comics that launches with three books: Dinosaurs (MK Reed and Joe Flood; Spring 2016) Coral Reefs […]

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Check Out Who’ll Be Fighting Whom in “Captain America: Civil War”

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Some big news came out of Marvel Studios today as they unveiled some concept art from next year’s Captain America: Civil War.  The art confirms the members of each side in the film’s hero on hero war and gives us some new information about the movie’s major players. Of note is Agent 13 Sharon Carter, who made her […]

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Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s Work on the DC Style Guide is the Coolest Thing You’ll See Today

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Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)?  How about Superman’s skin?  Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet?  Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered.  He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today. The Style […]

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Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15

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After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

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DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: July 2015 – Life, the Universe, and Everything

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

(Warning: This month’s column contains a higher amount of ranting than usual…)

July was not a good month, sales-wise, for DC Entertainment. Compared to June, the average sales per title dropped by over 8K, and they sold 300K fewer total units in the NA direct market, despite offering nine more titles. Sales were down across the board, in many cases significantly, except for one title: Batgirl.

Why did things drop so significantly? Three main reasons:

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Industry Watch: How much are Hip Hop and other variants propping up Marvel’s sales? — UPDATED

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We’ve already seen today that just jumping on a new, fresh direction isn’t enough to make a sales success, but what about over at Marvel? As I’ve noted their whopping sales have been led by the astonishing success of their Star Wars comics, but variant covers are also strong in this one. Star Wars #1 had over 100 variants, for instance. The upcoming hip hop variant program wasn’t just problematic from a creator standpoint, however, it’s also set new levels of frustration for retailers who have to order high on other books just to be able to ORDER copies of the variants, as revealed on Reddit by retailer Calum Johnston and explained at the Outhouse. Apparently a frustrated retailers posted the above annotated order sheet for the variants, showing how high order would have to be.

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Secret Wars expands to a ninth issue

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Although the book is already shipping late, these Secret Wars just can’t be contained, and the Marvel blockbuster of exposing universes is adding a 9th issue—because 8 was NOT enough. Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and cover artist Alex Ross ride out the storm with the issue, which ships in December. “Apparently, Secret Wars is even […]

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Industry Watch: Editorial changes coming to DC?

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(Above, Ryan Sook’s cover for Superman: Alien American #1) If you’ve been following our sales charts here at The Beat you know that June was the big relaunch month for DC following Convergence and the move west, with 20 new #1s and new storylines and new costumes for old favorites. And sales were pretty good […]

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Dylan Horrocks announces first US tour in ten years

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  UPDATE: Please note that Horrocks will be in Columbus from October 1-4 as part of the Cartoon Crossroads show, not just one day. It’s a little late since the book came out earlier this year, but an appearance by Dylan Horrocks in the US is always welcome. In fact, it’s been more than 10 years […]

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She Lives Again: Switch Press and Bond Double Down on Lois Lane

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While the Lois Lane one-shot from Marguerite Bennett, Emanuela Lupacchino and DC in 2014 may have failed to inspire interest in DC from an ongoing series starring Lane, it hasn’t stopped Switch Press from publishing not one, but two novels featuring the character. The second, an upcoming novel story entitled Lois Lane: Double Down will launch […]

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MATT CHATS: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman Building Their ‘Invisible Republic’

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Though it’s called Invisible Republic, the Image series from Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko has quickly made its presence felt. In five issues the husband and wife duo (along colorist Jordan Boyd and designer Dylan Todd) have managed to introduce a rich futuristic setting and a compelling set of characters. To celebrate the release of the first volume […]

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Miura Brings New Series “GIGANTO MAXIA” to Dark Horse in 2016

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You heard it folks – the creator of the sensational Berserk series, Kentaro Miura, is bringing his first new work in 20 years to Dark Horse (and the US) in 2016. No word on how long this story will be, but going by Miura’s track record, you may want to reserve a shelf or 3 for this one.

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Dark Horse Brings the Art of Fallout

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After you explore the Wasteland, explore the art behind the Wasteland with Dark Horse.

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Exclusive Preview: “Betty & Veronica’s Cheer Squad” Brings Classic Stories into a New Era

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A whole generation, myself included, grew up in an era where Archie Comics were relegated to supermarket newsstands.  Recently, however, Archie has found new life in the direct market.  From the widespread attention that Death of Archie received, to rousing success of the Dark Circle imprint, and finally to the flagship title relaunch with Saga superstar Fiona Staples on […]

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Marvel Month-to-Month Sales – July 2015: A Cavalcade of Mini-Wars!

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by Xavier Lancel Welcome to a new analysis of the Marvel sales. Reminder: I’m French, and that’s why I’m talking funny. Please address your complaints to my French-people-are-never-happy country. Reminder: the sales data referenced below is  an estimate of sales to comics shops located in North America. American comics do get sold elsewhere in their original floppy […]

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